Traders move SC for modification of order banning sale of crackers

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The Supreme Court on September 12, 2017 modified its November 2016 order suspending all licences for sale and retail of firecrackers within Delhi NCR.

The alumnus from the reputed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has denounced the ban asking "what's Diwali for children without crackers".

It said the November 11 previous year order, suspending all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR", was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had arisen after the last Diwali. Given the date, the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.

While the SC had issued a similar ban in the NCR region past year, it didn't have the opportunity to observe the impact on pollution levels, it said. It went on to bring back its order of November 2016 when it had banned the sale of firecrackers. As you all know that a few days back Delhi government chose to ban Firecrackers on Diwali and everybody shared their reactions on this news. Therefore it also ordered that a relevant agency compute the impact of a noise-and smoke-free festival this year.

On October 6, a bench of Justices AK Sikri, Abhay Manohar Sapre and Ashok Bhushan reserved its order on the plea seeking restoration of the top court's a year ago order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. The license of firecrackers manufacturers have also been suspended till November 1 in wake of the pollution caused in the city due to bursting of firecrackers in the region. Author Chetan Bhagat questioned the ban and said: "A full ban?" The smog has been very harmful in past.

The news travelled fast in the narrow bylanes of the two markets in the Old City with shops piled high with crackers of all kinds, ranging from sparklers selling for about Rs 20 a stick to powerful bombs going up to Rs 1,000 and more.

The Supreme Court order was seen as an attempt to check alarming pollution level in the national capital.

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